Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 04, 2014 5:00 AM

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Fight student debt

Student debt has been rising across the country for decades. Its rise, along with the changes in the job market, has led many to question: What is the price of education? Many question whether higher education degree is necessary. 

As a graduating senior from the University of Iowa, I am aware of how important it is to have a higher-education degree in today’s competitive job market.

Ultimately, we all agree that the cost of education per student is too much. Many factors contribute to this rise, but it needs to be addressed. My peers and I will enter a job market that is experiencing high levels of unemployment, making it more difficult for students to pay off school loans over long periods of time. Gov. Terry Branstad took an innovative step by instituting a tuition freeze at the regent universities. I support the tuition freeze and believe that state governments across the United States should look to take steps such as this to address the student debt issue and ease the burden on our future generations.

Megan La Suer

1105 grateful for support

On behalf of the 1105 Project, I’d like to thank the Unitarian Universalist Society  of Iowa City and the Smith Studio Jazz band for hosting a benefit concert to raise money for our building fund on Feb. 14.

Gifts of about $850 collected that night will be worth about $1,275 to our capital campaign with the city of Iowa City’s recent pledge to add 50 percent to new gifts received by April 14.

We still need to raise about $150,000 by April 14 to collect the city’s full pledge of $100,000. That will conclude our campaign to fund renovations at 1105 S. Gilbert Court for shared use by the Free Lunch Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness Johnson County, Domestic Violence Intervention Program, and the Crisis Center of Johnson County. Paying interest on a construction loan is affecting the agencies’ operating budgets with potential to affect client services.

We are very grateful for the support of the city and the involvement of the Unitarians and the band (under direction of Suzanne Smith), along with community support for 1105 from so many directions.

Please help us conclude our campaign with a gift today. Visit us online at http://the1105project.com/donate for more details.

Mary Palmberg
Free Lunch Program director

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